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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Thing About My Life...



I told a reader who is going through some hard stuff not to curse her blessings. I said this as much for my benefit as hers.

It is soooo easy to whine about things that aren’t quite right in life. However, acknowledging a fair-minded discontent with things is a delicate balancing act. If we never saw things that are wrong in our lives we would never attempt to fix them, and bad things would get worse.

Oh, one more drink won’t hurt anything… Oh, I can go a few more miles without a brake job… I’ll fix that leak in the roof next year...

There are things we can do something about and there are the things we can’t. Whining doesn’t help in any situation.

Summer has arrived. Here in the Raleigh, NC area, the humidity will slap you in the face when you walk out the door. You’ll need a shower after you’ve crossed the grocery store parking lot. Your hair will either go flat or frizz like Shirley Temple’s. Your clothes will stick to you. Sweat stains mar park benches.

Humidity is awesome, said no one ever in the South.

I hate humidity but it is what it is. I can’t change the weather here. So I shouldn’t whine…I shouldn’t curse my blessings.

I can look forward to trips to the mountains. I can stand under the sprinkler. I can take my paddleboard to the lake. I can do chores first thing in the morning or late in the evening.

And I can say clearly and loudly, “Thank you, Lord, for weather that is so good for my skin.” (This is my sister's favorite way to remind me I'm whining.)

My point is, no whining is allowed. Speak blessings over your life and your situations. Find the good in everyday, ordinary things.

It’ll make all the difference in your attitude.

Yeah, I’m on my Suzy Sunshine soapbox again. Do I annoy you or do you think we all need a cheerleader sometimes?

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